Ivan Patzaichin

“It is necessary to implement a wider system at national level. This is not only about performance, it’s also about moving, it’s about us being a healthier nation. Here is were we need decision-makers to wake up, to think on medium and long term. Everybody should exercise, because exercising means health, nature and living longer., Bucharest Marathon is the living proof that an initiative can create a mass event for those who love running and sports, generally speaking. I would like to congratulate Valeria Van Groningen and its team. Over ten years of work are to be admired”.


Ivan Patzaichin sprint canoeist, he took part in all major competitions between 1968 and 1984, including five consecutive Olympics, and won seven Olympic and 22 world championship medals, including four Olympic gold medals.